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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans

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33 fish stocks have been rebuilt since 2000, including the coho salmon stock pictured above.

In 2011, NOAA commissioned the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council to analyze the effects of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) mandate to rebuild overfished stocks. This included an evaluation of success in stock rebuilding, an investigation of the effects of uncertainty, and identification of means to better account for social, economic and ecosystem factors in the rebuilding plans. The purpose was to help NOAA and the regional fishery management councils better construct efficient and effective rebuilding plans. NOAA will carefully review and analyze the report’s details and will explore ways to use these findings.

National Research Council Report: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans in the United States
September 2013